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Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer
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Jul 17, 09

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bookshelves: sci-fi, extropia-book-club, cyberpunk
Read in July, 2009 , read count: 2

My second reading of this book wasn't quite as magical as the first, but that's not to say it's a subpar read. "Rollback" is of a type I'm not particularly used to, telling such a focused plot around a couple and how their lives are changed by an event of pure science fiction.

As a story of how contact is made with another world, "Rollback"'s pretty solid and gives the impression of being well-researched. It doesn't hype the act up too much, and thanks to its focus on an institution like SETI, it gives us an idea of what contact might actually be like in realistic terms. It's the story outside of this which loses its sheen on subsequent reads.

I found it pretty hard to really relate to Don Halifax, the book's protagonist. I'm used to reading books which feature characters who are closer to my age, and so that may have a part to play. Still his relationships with and without his wife, Sarah, are quick to pass and not exactly detailed. Too much detail and we may lose the two central sci-fi plots, of course. Don's rollback and the contact with Sigma Draconis are somewhat parallel to this, and to his credit Sawyer does a good job of giving each plot its place. I suppose I just found myself willing things to blossom a little more, and to be swept along much more distinctly.

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